Toronto Bead Oasis Show

Bead sure and put this on your calendar of beady things to do. September 19 to 21, 2008 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Toronto. The Oasis is one of the two don’t-miss bead shows in the big smoke in the fall. Always a lot of vendors, lots of classes, and lots to see and do. Note – this year it is in the South Building. See you there!

Fond farewell to our back to school staff!

Well, we’ve had a busy day around here reorganizing work schedules. It’s back to school next week, and I want to wish a fond farewell to Carol. She has been awesome at shipping out all of your packages on the weekend. Carol has been accepted into the Pharmacy program, with a pretty intense workload. Thank you Carol for all of your help this year. We’ll miss you! In other news, Erin will also be going back to school this year to study Physiology, and Anatomy. Fortunately, we’ll still have Erin around on weekends. Erin will be taking over Carol’s job. …

Knitting and Crochet @ BeadFX

Don’t worry, we haven’t gone crazy, sold off all our beads and replaced them with a ton of yarn! This fall BeadFX will be offering two brand-spanking-new courses on how to crochet using beads and fine gauge wire. (And if you’ve had a look through the October issue of Bead & Button, you’ll know just how hot bead crochet will be this fall!) Stephanie Dixon, a member of the Toronto Bead Society and avid “hooker”, will be teaching basic (no crochet experience necessary!) and intermediate wire bead crochet classes, starting Saturday September 13th. That same day, BeadFX will also be …

I love my GPS

I love my GPS – it has made my driving life – and consequently a large portion of my life – sooooo much easier. Gone are the days of hassling with other people’s descriptions “Turn left at the house that used to be blue, . . . .” I can route around traffic jams, take alternate routes without fear of becoming hopelessly lost, and fearlessly find my way to new places. It’s great when driving w my husband too, it feeds him directions that he likes, “Drive 1.3 kilometers and turn left” – as opposed to “Just head that-a-way and …

Top Ten Things You Need to Know to Make Jewelry

I saw this in passing in one of the many magazines that are precariously balanced on the edge of the sink in my “reading room.” I didn’t actually read the article yet – but I started to think, what are those 10 things? I may have to find the article and read it, because I can’t come up with 10 things. If I expanded to 10 – you could make every kind of jewelry ever. So I will go with a shorter list: The Five Essential Things you Need to Know to Make Jewelry This, of course, doesn’t cover all …

The Trunk Show

What a blast! We always have so much fun at these events. It’s really nice to get together with other lampworkers, some of whom we don’t get a chance to see very often. Lot’s of laughter was heard throughout the day, and our customers we’re so excited to show off their new bead purchases. I’m pretty sure we snared a few potential glass bead newbies to join us in upcoming classes too 😉 Lot’s of pics, so I’ll keep the writing short….what that really means is that thanks to Dwyn, I’m addicted to word games on freerice. This is why …

Waste Time while doing Good

Just what you need – a way to waste time while doing good – so you are torn between the guilt of knowing you should be doing something else, and the guilt of not doing a good thing. freerice.com donates rice while you idle away your time on their site, paid for by sponsors whose ads you see while playing. You answer vocabulary questions and rice is donated for every right answer you get. Quick – what’s the meaning of “entomophilous“? Blow this and a child starves! (Pollinated by insects, btw. Now you know.) It’s a clever idea, and has …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

Normally, I post the sneak peek at next week on Sat. am. This week, however – I have no idea what you are going to get next week. About all I can promise at this point are some of the fabulous reproduction vintage Czech buttons. These showy, iridescent buttons are show-stoppers, for sure. It has not been what I call a productive week – due to various computer issues. I spent the better part of Thursday convincing my computer that it was NOT missing a hard drive – despite it’s opinion of the matter. I’ve dealt with downloading images from …

Buying for BeadFX

Today was the first day of the Market at Beadfest. This is the day that jewellery designers and buyers like myself do our power shopping. There are two floors of vendors here, so there was a lot to see. I headed straight to my favourite stone bead wholesalers and grabbed some of their nicest stuff before it all got picked over. So you will be able to see more Iron Zebra Jasper, Fire Agate, Rainbow JAsper, Onyx, Porcelain Jasper, Snakeskin JAsper, and Rhyolite to mention only a few. My personal fav is undyed Chrysocolla from a new find in Madagascar. …

The BeadFX Buyer goes to Beadfest – crossing the border

BeadFest takes place this weekend at the Valley Forge Convention Center outside of Philadelphia PA. I think it’s one of the better retail shows on the east coast. Crossing the border today was interesting – the lineups were massive as US Customs was searching everyone diligently. The poor schmucks ahead of me were searched thoroughly and then sent off to the main Customs Hall to be searched even more carefully. Then it was my turn. I handed over my passport with a sprightly, “Good Morning!” (Anyone who knows me, knows I do NOT do “sprightly”, especially in the early morning). …